BREAKING: Washington DC Concealed Carry Permit Process Unveiled…

September 17 2014
by GSL Staff
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It looks like Washington DC authorities are going to attempt to comply with a court order ahead of the court issued deadline to institute a system in which citizens will be able to apply to carry a concealed firearm in our nation’s capital. A press conference was held this afternoon in which the details of the process were laid out.

While this might sound like good news, it’s looking like the permit process will be “may issue” which means that the DC Chief of Police, Cathy L. Lanier, will have discretion on who gets a permit.

Applicants will also have to demonstrate a “need” for a permit. General self defense will likely not be considered a “need”.

Other “may issue” provisions have been challenged in court with various courts ruling differently on the matter. It is thought that the Supreme Court will have to take up the matter before it is finally settled.

Earlier this year the SCOTUS declined to hear a “may issue” challenge out of New Jersey, which also has a very strict “may issue” permitting process (virtually no ordinary citizens are granted permits there).

One of the weirdest provisions of the new law is a moving 1,000ft NO CARRY zone around dignitaries, including presidential motorcades and political events. Sounds like a lot of fun to try and stay in compliance of that one. A carrier would get one warning before being arrested under this provision though. Gee. Thanks.

It sounds like there won’t be any reciprocity with other state’s permits, but permit holders from other states will be able to apply for a non-resident DC carry permit (good luck on that one).

Earlier this year following the DC court decision, for about 48 hours Washington DC was essentially a constitutional carry district. That is to say, no permit was needed to carry and police were not making arrests for the carry of firearms. Activists posted photos and videos of themselves carrying our nation’s capital.

However, a 90 stay was quickly granted in the case to allow DC authorities to come up with a permitting process to comply with the court decision.

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